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New students, new “UWI Life” on August 28

For Release Upon Receipt - August 18, 2015

St. Augustine

Every year, 5,000 plus new students are admitted to the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (The UWI). For several years now, UWI Life, a one-day event that introduces new students to the ins and outs of campus life, has been integral to their transition. Something has been added for the 2015 academic year: new students will experience Live at UWI Life, a ramped up UWI Life experience that features a live show at the UWI Life Student and Information Village on August 28 at UWI’s Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC).

At Live at UWI Life, the new students can engage key UWI faculty, staff and current students who will formally introduce them to a behind-the-scenes look at life on the campus. Tailored to the newcomer, the approach is less formal and is aimed at facilitating greater interaction. A Guild of Students’ host joins top local entertainers to set the right tone. Freshers can expect the usual giveaways and fun activities that have been staples in years’ past but with the added infusion of live entertainment to bring campus scenarios to life. 

UWI Life is part of the First Year Experience (FYE), a year-long orientation programme for new students. FYE is a holistic compilation of all orientation and transition events, which embrace every aspect of university life, and has become one of the largest and most anticipated series of events on the campus calendar. The objective of FYE is to ensure that all first year undergraduate and postgraduate students enjoy the smoothest possible transition to The UWI way of life.  

Themed #GetInvolved2Evolve, FYE 2015 includes a host of activities and events spread over both semesters of the 2015 academic year. These events include Meet and Greet for regional and international students, Campus tours, “Check-in” – campus support services and cultural exposure for foreign students, Halls of residence, library and faculty orientation, “UWI Guild Fest” – Student Guild activities, “UWI Life Support” – a forum for parents and guardians, “UWI Life” – orientation for all new students, “UWI Clicks” – an introduction to the UWI website and student portal,  “Study Skills” – workshops on developing study habits, Career seminars, and Health and wellness workshops.  

FYE 2015 began in the first semester on August 17, 2015 and will run from January 18 2016 in the second semester. For more detailed information on the 2015 FYE schedule of events, visit The UWI St. Augustine’s FYE 2015 website at, UWI St. Augustine on Facebook and Twitter @UWI_StAugustine. 


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:  

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)